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"Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham and The Pharaoes

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Lyrics Edit

Who's that I see walkin' in these woods Why, it's Lil' Red Riding Hood Hey there, Lil' Red Riding Hood You sure are looking good You're everything a big bad wolf could want Listen to me Lil' Red Riding Hood I don't think little big girls should Go walking in these spooky old woods alone What big eyes you have The kind of eyes that drive wolves mad So just to see that you don't get chased I think I ought to walk with you for a ways What full lips you have They're sure to lure someone bad So until you get to grandma's place I think you ought to walk with me and be safe I'm gonna keep my sheep suit on Until I'm sure that you've been shown That I can be trusted walking with you alone Lil' Red Riding Hood I'd like to hold you if I could But you might think I'm a big bad wolf so I won't What a big heart I have The better to love you with Lil' Red Riding Hood Even bad wolves can be good I'll try to be satisfied Just to walk close by your side Maybe you'll see things my way Before we get to grandma's place Lil' Red Riding Hood You sure are looking good You're everything that a big bad wolf could want I mean baa Baa

Alternate Meanings Edit

“Lil’ Red Riding Hood” is a song from 1966 by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs. This song which spent 13 weeks in the Billboard Top 100, making it all the way to Number 2[1], was loosely based in the short story “Little Red Riding Hood” by Charles Perrault[2]. The French author stated the moral of the story to be “Children, especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may as well provide dinner for a wolf...gentle wolves who are the most dangerous of all”[3]. Perrault also uses Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf as the main characters in his story, however, wolf can have different meanings: “a large predatory…resembling dogs” or “a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women”[4]. It is this second meaning on which the song “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” is based on. The song starts by talking to Red Riding Hood and telling her that she looks good and is everything a bad wolf would want. It continues to say that the woods are spooky and that the singer should accompany her just in case of danger[5]. As the song progresses the audience starts to realize that the wolf is in fact the singer. The lyrics also become more provocative: “What big eyes you have. The kind of eyes that drive wolves mad…What full lips you have. They’re sure to lure someone bad.[5]” These lyrics can be interpreted as nearing an erotic description and let us know that this is not the traditional werewolf who is looking for a literal meal but that it has ulterior motives. It is trying to make Little Riding Hood trust him and believe that he is good before they get to her grandma’s house in order to take advantage of her. The song also shines light into the impulsive behavior of animals or in this case wolves who lack self-control[6]. As hard as the singer tries to pretend that he is good, throughout the song he keeps howling (showing his true natures), at the end of the song we discover that he was supposed to be Baaa-ing[5] like a sheep, but he could not help who he was. Unfortunately, we know the stories of Little Red Riding Hood do not always have a happy ending, and this song might be one of those cases.

References Edit

  1. "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart." Billboard. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.[1]
  2. "Li'l Red Riding Hood." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 08 Apr. 2017. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.
  3. [2]Perrault, Charles. Little Red Riding Hood. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.
  4. [3]"Wolf." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 [4]University of Arizona - D2L(Desire2Learn). N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.
  6. [5]"Beware the moon (original essay)." Psychology of Werewolves. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.

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